Libraries are for Use

Demonstrating the value of librarianship

Books are for (Re)Use | Inside Higher Ed


Books are for (Re)Use | Inside Higher Ed.

As indicated by the name of this blog, I keep an eye out for references to Ranganathan.  Here, Barbara Fister first shows a slide reflecting a “somewhat cynical riff” of R’s 5 Laws, which are “reformulated in a consumerist mode”:

  • books are valuable property
  • every customer, choice
  • every product, exposure
  • save the time improve the customer experience
  • the library must grow its market

But Barbara is actually more interested in libraries that “can support creativity rather than simply be(ing) a provider of stuff created elsewhere.”  So she revises these laws:

  • books are for (re)use
  • every book, many authors
  • every author, many stories
  • save the dreams of the reader
  • the library is a place to grow

Barbara is one of a growing number of advocates of libraries as facilitators of creation and not merely repositories.  Of course, libraries have always been facilitators of knowledge creation and creativity.  Public and academic libraries have usually (not always, but usually) provided access to not only textual materials, but works of art (OK, admittedly prints and copies), music, films, ephemera, musical instruments, tools, and space.  Space to meet, to study, to create, to perform, to discuss, to organize.  So, this is nothing new.  Perhaps the difference now is that there are more tools that the libraries can offer – printers, publication presses, 3D printers, etc.  And of course, space. 

But I think that there are two very important things libraries offer that differentiate these spaces (or maker-spaces), from, say, the rec-centers of old: freedom and resources.  The libraries enable the patrons to create without judgment, without reserve (ok, within the limits of the law).  And then there are the resources.  Not only for how to use the tools, but the foundations on which the creative process rests: design, philosophy, art, history, literature, biology, physics, chemistry, neurosciences, psychology, sociology…As well as resources to enable the creators to share, preserve, market, sell, teach their works and skills.

So, three cheers to Barbara for revising Ranganathan’s Laws to justify the role of library as printing press.

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